USC'S Carson Palmer And Troy Polamalu Named All-Americans

Dec. 2, 2002

LOS ANGELES-USC quarterback Carson Palmer and safety Troy Polamalu were named to the Football Writers Association of America's All-American first team, while Palmer also was selected as one of three finalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and picked as the Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year.

Additonally, wide receiver Mike Williams was chosen as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Four Trojans-linebacker Matt Grootegoed and offensive tackle Jacob Rogers, along with Palmer and Polamalu-made the All-Pac-10 first team, while another seven (tailback Justin Fargas, wide receiver Keary Colbert, offensive guard Zach Wilson, defensive end Kenechi Udeze, defensive tackle Mike Patterson and safety DeShaun Hill, plus Williams)-made the All-Pac-10 second team. Making All-Pac-10 honorable mention were wide receiver Kareem Kelly, tailback Malaefou MacKenzie, linebacker Mike Pollard, cornerback Darrell Rideaux, punter Tom Malone and defensive tackle Shaun Cody.

Palmer, who shared the Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year honor with Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser, is the Pac-10's career passing and total offense leader. He joins Iowa's Brad Banks and Miami's Ken Dorsey as a finalist for the O'Brien Award, with the winner announced on ESPN's College Football Awards Show to be broadcast from Disney World in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 12. The winner then will be honored in Fort Worth, Tex., on Feb. 17, 2003.

Palmer, a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy who also is one of five semifinalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (nation's top senior quarterback) and one of 10 finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, owns 7 Pac-10 records and 23 USC passing and total offense marks. This season, he has completed 62.9% of his passes (288-of-458) for 3,639 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Polamalu, who will join Palmer in Orlando as one of three previously-announced finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award (nation's top defensive back), repeats as an All-American and All-Pac-10 first teamer. He is USC's first two-time All-American first teamer since offensive tackle Tony Boselli did so in 1992 and 1994. Polamalu and Palmer, the school's 123rd and 124th All-American first team picks, are USC's first All-American first team duo since 1992 (Boselli and wide receiver Curtis Conway).

They will be honored at the FWAA All-American banquet in Orlando on Jan. 24, 2003.

Williams-the Pac-10 freshman receiving recordholder-is USC's second Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, joining fellow wide receiver Kareem Kelly (1999).

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